Friday, January 9, 2015

Lentil Soup on a Cold Day

The weather has been so cold (38F or 3C) this week and even colder all over the country that the only thing I really feel like making is soup to warm us up.   Approaching the table to a warm bowl of soup just makes my heart happy! Plus it just reminds me of Chile. We eat a lot of soup there. 

Today I am sharing my Lentil Soup recipe for making a soup that is comforting and high in protein, fiber, folate, vitamin B1, iron, and other minerals.   

Facts about lentils:

  • very healthy food! 
  • it goes well with most vegetables!
  • inexpensive!
  • taste even better on the second day! 


Recently I learned that I can use my rice cooker to cook legumes (beans, lentils, garbanzos, etc). It's been a time saver!!! I no longer have to stand in the kitchen stirring the legumes so they don't stick to the bottom.  No one wants to eat burned food!!!!   


This is the rice cooker I use, it's a great size for my family, and it really just works great!!! I highly recommend it:  (affiliate link)








Lentil Soup 

Ingredients 
(for 5 people)

2 14oz bags of lentils
1 large onion
some carrots
paprika
cumin 
salt 
cilantro (optional)


Preparation

1. Soak lentils for 15-20 min with cold water. 
2. In a pan, heat up some oil and then add your chopped onion with some paprika and cumin. Enough to cover all your onions. Then stir it. 
3. Then add your carrots.  Add a bit more oil if needed. 





4. Drain and rinse your lentils.
5. Pour lentils with the onion and carrot mixture and cover it with water.       Add salt now. 
6. Boil lentils for about 40 minutes or until tender.  

I like to add fresh cilantro to my soup while it's cooking. I love the smell and the flavor and it meshes real well with the other ingredients. 

If your lentils start to get dry, just add more water and compensate the flavor by adding more salt. 







Serve warm! 






Enjoy!!!


Fabi




Crochet Heart Hat



This hat to me is a work of a art because it combines a few techniques, which are great for when you are ready to take your crocheting skills to the next level! With this pattern you will be able to read a crochet chart, use the standing double crochet, how to switch colors, and how to strand yarn from the wrong side of the hat. 

I love the result, My Hobby is Crochet, has produced in this hat! It's so lovely! Get the free pattern here.  

This pattern uses Caron Simply Soft yarn and a size 5.00 mm crochet hook. 


Fabi

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Crochet Heart Purse



Crochet this beautiful purse that uses the heart stitch. Make it in your favorite colors for yourself or to gift for someone very special.  This purse is sure to warm someone's heart. 

To make this purse you will need: Sports weightcrochet yarn, hook 3.00mm and 3.5mm.


This pattern is available through here.


Fabi

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Crochet Cuffed Booties



 made this crochet booties using worsted weight yarn and a size H hook. It took me about two hours to make. The pattern was fairly easy to follow with clear instructions.  It can be made in a solid color or in two like in the picture. Personally, I think two colors look super cute. 

Thanks to Repeat CrafterMe for the free pattern! Here is the link to it. Click here.  

Fabi 

Crochet Hearts



These are two simple hearts, stitched together and decorated with a flower. It looks so lovely! Perfect to hang from a window.  To see more of Dada's Place pictures, click here. To get the tutorial to make this heart, click here

Fabi

Daisy in Granny Heart


Give flowers for Valentine's Day this year using this free pattern to make a Daisy in a Granny Heart. It uses cotton yarn and a size H hook.  

Fabi

Find this yarn at Craftsy


Make a New Poncho


Make yourself a poncho to sport to work, outings, etc. Let everyone know you crochet by wearing something made by you! This Poncho Wrap is a free pattern that uses worsted weight yarn and a J hook.  You probably have everything you need at home to make one! Find the pattern here

Fabi


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